NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- People make new records in Nashville
every day, and the Music City's hockey team was no exception
Saturday in a 5-4 overtime victory over Chicago.
Predators coach Barry Trotz was behind the bench for the 392nd
time, setting a new mark for games by the original coach of an
expansion franchise. He broke the record Terry Crisp -- now a
broadcast color analyst for the Predators -- set with the Tampa Bay
"My record is a tribute to all of the players here now and
those who have been here in the past,'' Trotz said. "This is a
team record, not my record.''
Goaltender Tomas Vokoun also set new team records for victories
with 24 and consecutive starts with 20.
But Trotz was more excited by the tempo of both teams.
"It was close to being a playoff game,'' he said.
The victory also marked the first time in the five-year history
of the franchise that the Predators (26-25-9-4) have been above
.500 this late in the season.
But success came with a price. David Legwand, the points leader
on the team with 47, will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a
broken right collarbone sustained midway through the third period.
"David has been a big part of our success,'' Trotz said. "He
has played a lot of minutes. He has taken it to the next level as a
player. There is so much there that we have just scratched the
surface with David Legwand so far.''
"That was an outstanding play,'' Trotz said. "Walker did a
great job of getting on their defensemen and causing that puck to
"That's how you score in this league. It is not necessarily the
first effort, but the second and third.''
Walker was worried that the goal might be called back.
"I knew it was good, but it made me worry when they were
checking it,'' he said. "I knew it wasn't a high stick.''
"Nashville is playing with a lot of confidence. Chicago coach
Brian Sutter said. "We'll take the point. That one was precious
The Blackhawks led 4-3 after Thomas scored with 5:29 remaining
in the second period, and came within a second of taking that
advantage to the dressing room.
But Legwand's shot on the power play bounced off Thibault's
blocker, and Murray put in the rebound at 19:59. The Blackhawks
were trying to kill a slashing penalty assessed to Zhamnov at
"That was a tough one to swallow,'' Thomas said. "But I don't
think it gave Nashville that much more momentum.''
The Predators took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period,
when Yachmenev put in the rebound of a shot by Greg Johnson.
Chicago tied the game when Odelin beat Tomas Vokoun with a wrist
shot from the right circle.
Wilm's goal with 1:11 remaining in the period gave Nashville a
Simon tied the game early in the second period, but Delmore's
power-play goal at 6:35 put the Predators back in the lead.
Zhamnov countered with a power-play goal at 9:58, and the
Blackhawks took the lead when Thomas used his glove to knock down a
shot by Jon Klemm and went high to beat Vokoun.
Zhamnov has seven points (two goals, five assists) in four
games against Nashville this season. ...Yachmenev has seven points
(three goals, four assists). ...Nashville's Karlis Skrastins set a
team record for most consecutive games played with 251.